Mass for Pentecost


The Greeting

The Priest says

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.


The Lord be with you.
And also with you


Entrance Antiphon         Rm 5: 5; cf. 8: 11


The love of God has been poured into our hearts

through the Spirit of God dwelling within us, alleluia.


The Priest introduces the service 


The Penitential Rite

Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins, 

and so prepare ourselves to celebrate these sacred mysteries.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,

we have sinned against you,

through our own fault,

in thought, and word, and deed,

and in what we have left undone.

For your Son our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,

forgive us all that is past;

and grant that we may serve you in newness of life

to the glory of your name. Amen.  


May almighty God have mercy on us, 
forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life.

Kyrie, eleison 
Kyrie, eleison

Christe, eleison 
Christe, eleison

Kyrie, eleison 
Kyrie, eleison



Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King, Almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father: 
receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father.



The Collect


Let us pray.


O God, who by the mystery of today’s great feast

sanctify your whole Church in every people and nation,

pour out, we pray, the gifts of the Holy Spirit

across the face of the earth

and, with the divine grace that was at work

when the Gospel was first proclaimed,

fill now once more the hearts of believers.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.



THE LITURGY OF THE WORD                                                


First Reading               Acts 2.1-11


A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.


They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak


When Pentecost day came round, they had all met in one room, when suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak foreign languages as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech.

    Now there were devout men living in Jerusalem from every nation under heaven, and at this sound they all assembled, each one bewildered to hear these men speaking his own language. They were amazed and astonished. ‘Surely’ they said ‘all these men speaking are Galileans? How does it happen that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; people from Mesopotamia, Judaea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya round Cyrene; as well as visitors from Rome – Jews and proselytes alike – Cretans and Arabs; we hear them preaching in our own language about the marvels of God.’

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


Responsorial Psalm      



Send forth your spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.


Bless the Lord, my soul!

    Lord God, how great you are,

How many are your works, O Lord!

    The earth is full of your riches.

Send forth your spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.


You take back your spirit, they die,

    returning to the dust from which they came.

You send forth your spirit, they are created;

    and you renew the face of the earth.

Send forth your spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.


May the glory of the Lord last for ever!

    May the Lord rejoice in his works!

May my thoughts be pleasing to him.

    I find my joy in the Lord.

Send forth your spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.


Second Reading          1 Corinthians  12:3-7,12-13


A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians.


In the one Spirit we were all baptised


No one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord’ unless he is under the influence of the Holy Spirit.

    There is a variety of gifts but always the same Spirit; there are all sorts of service to be done, but always to the same Lord; working in all sorts of different ways in different people, it is the same God who is working in all of them. The particular way in which the Spirit is given to each person is for a good purpose. 

    Just as a human body, though it is made up of many parts, is a single unit because all these parts, though many, make one body, so it is with Christ. In the one Spirit we were all baptised, Jews as well as Greeks, slaves as well as citizens, and one Spirit was given to us all to drink.

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Sequence (A special hymn that can be sung or said on very special Feasts)


Veni, sancte Spiritus (Hymn Tune: St Philip)


Holy Spirit, Lord of Light,

From the clear celestial height

Thy pure beaming radiance give.


Come, thou Father of the poor,

Come with treasures which endure

Come, thou light of all that live!


Thou, of all consolers best,

Thou, the soul’s delightful guest,

Dost refreshing peace bestow


Thou in toil art comfort sweet

Pleasant coolness in the heat

Solace in the midst of woe.


Light immortal, light divine,

Visit thou these hearts of thine,

And our inmost being fill:


If thou take thy grace away,

Nothing pure in man will stay

All his good is turned to ill.


Heal our wounds, our strength renew

On our dryness pour thy dew

Wash the stains of guilt away:


Bend the stubborn heart and will

Melt the frozen, warm the chill

Guide the steps that go astray.


Thou, on us who evermore

Thee confess and thee adore,

With thy sevenfold gifts descend:


Give us comfort when we die

Give us life with thee on high

Give us joys that never end.


Gospel Acclamation   


Alleluia, alleluia!

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful

and kindle in them the fire of your love.



The Gospel        John 20:19-23


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.

Glory to you, O Lord.


As the Father sent me, so am I sending you: receive the Holy Spirit


In the evening of the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you’, and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you.

‘As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.’


After saying this, he breathed on them and said:

‘Receive the Holy Spirit.

For those whose sins you forgive,

they are forgiven;

for those whose sins you retain,

they are retained.’

The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.




The Creed                                                                      

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is,

seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father;

through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,

was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary

and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,

the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come.



The Prayers of the Faithful


We pray for God to fill us with his Spirit.

Generous God,

we thank you for the power of your Holy Spirit.

We ask that we may be strengthened to serve you better.

Lord, come to bless us

and fill us with your Spirit.


We thank you for the wisdom of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to make us wise to understand your will. We pray for Martin, our Bishop.

Lord, come to bless us

and fill us with your Spirit.


We thank you for the peace of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to keep us confident of your love wherever you call us.

Lord, come to bless us

and fill us with your Spirit.


We thank you for the healing of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to bring reconciliation and wholeness

where there is division, sickness and sorrow. We pray for the sick and those suffering from the coronavirus.

Lord, come to bless us

and fill us with your Spirit.


We thank you for the gifts of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to equip us for the work which you have given us. We pray for a renewal in the life our parish of Portslade and Mile Oak.

Lord, come to bless us

and fill us with your Spirit.


We thank you for the fruit of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to reveal in our lives the love of Jesus.

Lord, come to bless us

and fill us with your Spirit.


We thank you for the breath of your Holy Spirit,

given us by the risen Lord.

We ask you to keep the whole Church, living and departed,

in the joy of eternal life. We pray for the repose of the soul ofVic and Elsie Pugh.

Lord, come to bless us

and fill us with your Spirit.


Generous God,

you sent your Holy Spirit upon your Messiah at the river Jordan,

and upon the disciples in the upper room:

in your mercy fill us with your Spirit,

hear our prayer,

and make us one in heart and mind

to serve you with joy forever. Amen.




The Peace


We stand and the priest says:

Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your Apostles:

Peace I leave you, my peace I give you,

look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church,

and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will.

Who live and reign for ever and ever.



The peace of the Lord be with you always.

And also with you.


Let us offer each other the sign of peace.

All may exchange the sign of peace.


The Preparation of the Altar


We stand for the Offertory hymn. The gifts of the people may be gathered and presented. The Priest, standing at the altar, takes the paten with the bread and holds it slightly raised above the altar with both hands, saying in a low voice: 

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, 

for through your goodness we have received 

the bread we offer you: 

fruit of the earth and work of human hands, 

it will become for us the bread of life. 


Then he places the paten with the bread on the corporal. 

Blessed be God for ever.  


The Deacon, or the Priest, pours wine and a little water into the chalice, saying quietly: 

By the mystery of this water and wine 

may we come to share in the divinity of Christ 

who humbled himself to share in our humanity.


The Priest then takes the chalice and holds it slightly raised above the altar with both hands, saying in a low voice: 

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, 

for through your goodness we have received 

the wine we offer you: 

fruit of the vine and work of human hands, 

it will become our spiritual drink.


Then he places the chalice on the corporal. 

Blessed be God for ever. 


After this, the Priest, bowing profoundly, says quietly: 

With humble spirit and contrite heart may we be accepted by you, O Lord, and may our sacrifice in your sight this day be pleasing to you, Lord God.


If appropriate, he also incenses the offerings, the cross, and the altar. A Deacon or other minister then incenses the Priest and the people. 

Then the Priest, standing at the side of the altar, washes his hands, saying quietly: 

Wash me, O Lord, from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.


Standing at the middle of the altar, facing the people, extending and then joining his hands, he says: 

Pray, brethren (brothers and sisters), 

that my sacrifice and yours 

may be acceptable to God, 

the almighty Father. 


The people rise and reply: 

May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands 

for the praise and glory of his name, 

for our good and the good of all his holy Church. 


Then the Priest, with hands extended, says the Prayer over the Offerings

Grant, we pray, O Lord,

that, as promised by your Son,

the Holy Spirit may reveal to us more abundantly

the hidden mystery of this sacrifice

and graciously lead us into all truth.

Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.


The Eucharistic Prayer


The Lord be with you

and also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.


It is indeed right, it is our duty and our joy,

always and everywhere to give you thanks,

holy Father, almighty and everlasting God,

through Jesus Christ, your only Son our Lord.

This day we give you thanks

because in fulfilment of your promise

you pour out your Spirit upon us,

filling us with your gifts, leading us into all truth,

and uniting peoples of many tongues in the confession of one faith.

Your Spirit gives us grace to call you Father,

to proclaim your gospel to all nations

and to serve you as a royal priesthood.

Therefore we join our voices with angels and archangels,

and with all those in whom the Spirit dwells,

to proclaim the glory of your name,

for ever praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

The Priest, with hands extended, says:

Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness;

He joins his hands, and holding them extended over the offerings, says:

grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,
and according to your holy will,
He joins his hands and makes the Sign of the Cross over the bread and the chalice together, saying:

these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us the Body and  Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;

He joins his hands. The words of the Lord should be pronounced clearly and distinctly, as the nature of these words requires.

who, in the same night that he was betrayed, 

He takes the bread and, holding it slightly raised above the altar, continues:
took bread and gave you thanks; he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:

He bows slightly:

He shows the consecrated host to the people, places it again on the paten, and genuflects in adoration. After this, he continues:

In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:

He bows slightly:

He shows the chalice to the people, places it on the corporal, and genuflects in adoration.

Then he says:

Great is the mystery of faith:

Christ has died: Christ is risen: Christ will come again.

Then the Priest, with hands extended says:

And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross,
his perfect sacrifice made once for the sins of the whole world;
rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,
and looking for his coming in glory,
we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.
As we offer you this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving,
we bring before you this bread and this cup
and we thank you for counting us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.

Send the Holy Spirit on your people
and gather into one in your kingdom
all who share this one bread and one cup,
so that we, in the company of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with blessed Joseph, her Spouse, St Nicholas, St Andrew, and all the saints, may praise and glorify you for ever,
He joins his hands

through Jesus Christ our Lord;

He takes the chalice and paten and raising both, he says or sings:

by whom, and with whom, and in whom,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,

for ever and ever.



The Lord’s Prayer


At the Saviour’s command, and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say:

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory for ever

and ever. Amen.


Breaking of the Bread


We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

Though we are many, we are one body,

because we all share in one bread.


Then he takes the host, breaks it over the paten, and places a small piece in the 

chalice, saying quietly: 

May this mingling of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ bring

eternal life to us who receive it. 


The Agnus Dei is sung

Lamb of God you take away the sins of the world, 
have mercy on us.

Lamb of God you take away the sins of the world, 
have mercy on us.

Lamb of God you take away the sins of the world, 
grant us peace.



Then the Priest, with hands joined, says quietly: 

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, 

who, by the will of the Father 

and the work of the Holy Spirit, 

through your Death gave life to the world,

free me by this, your most holy Body and Blood,

from all my sins and from every evil;

keep me always faithful to your commandments,

and never let me be parted from you. 


Giving of Communion


Behold, Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

Blessed are those who are called to his supper. 

Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,

but only say the word, and I shall be healed.


Communion Antiphon         Acts 2: 4, 11

They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke of the marvels of God, alleluia.


As the priest receives the Body and Blood with all his parishioners on his heart, please make a Spiritual Communion. Even though you cannot receive the Sacrament physically, ask God to give you the grace of Holy Communion.


Say the following prayer out loud:

Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me. 

Blood of Christ, refresh me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O Good Jesus, hear me. 

Within Thy Wounds, hide me. Suffer me not to be separated from Thee. From the malicious enemy defend me. In the hour of my death call me. And bid me come to Thee. 

That with all Thy Saints I may praise Thee 

For ever and ever. Amen.


Prayer after Communion


Let us pray.


O God, who bestow heavenly gifts upon your Church,

safeguard, we pray, the grace you have given,

that the gift of the Holy Spirit poured out upon her

may retain all its force

and that this spiritual food

may gain her abundance of eternal redemption.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Dismissal


The Lord be with you

and also with you.


God the Father,

who has given to his Son the name above every name,

strengthen you to proclaim Christ Jesus as Lord. Amen.


God the Son,

who is our great high priest passed into the heavens,

plead for you at the right hand of the Father. Amen.


God the Holy Spirit,

who pours out his abundant gifts upon the Church,

make you faithful servants of Christ our King. Amen.


And the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be upon you and remain with you always. Amen.


Go in the peace of Christ, alleluia, alleluia.

Thanks be to God, alleluia, alleluia.


The ministers and people depart.